Open 9 am - 6 pm
Museums for All Tickets SOLD OUT, Regular admission still available
A family in Underwater Beauty peers through a habitat teeming with quick-moving, many-shaped reef fish.

Illinois Resident Free Days

Illinois residents enjoy FREE admission to Shedd Aquarium on select free days throughout the year! Tickets can be reserved online. 

Due to limited capacity, Illinois Resident Free Days have been postponed.

The front entrance to Shedd Aquarium with banners announcing "All Are Welcome".

Museums for All

As a Museums for All partner, Shedd offers daily free and discounted admission to eligible low-income families (up to four passes per family). Click here to see eligibility

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Museums for All is made possible by Ford Motor Company.

Ford Logo

“We make connections with aquatic life so our community will see the lakes, rivers and oceans of the globe in a different way. And we believe everyone should have the opportunity to look nature in the eye. ”

Bridget C. Coughlin, President and CEO

Ticket partners

If you purchased your tickets through your hotel or a tourism partner such as CityPASS, Go Chicago All-Inclusive Pass* or Tiqets, click the link below to select a visit date and time. For all pre-paid tickets, use price type "Partner Voucher". You may also purchase additional guest tickets.

*Please note, Go Chicago's Explorer Pass and Build Your Own Pass do not include Shedd Aquarium. 

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Community discounts


Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd ticket by reserving tickets online below. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience.

Active-duty U.S. military personnel

Active-duty U.S. military personnel receive free general admission with proper ID. 4-D Experience tickets can be added on site (subject to availability). Please note that dependents and family are not included in this offer.

Chicago police officers and firefighters

Chicago police officers and firefighters receive free on-site general admission with proper ID. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience (subject to availability).

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Corporate members

General admission tickets are now the standard ticket offering for all our guests—including corporate partners’ employees. As a supporter of Shedd, your employees will receive complimentary admission to the aquarium’s permanent exhibits, including Stingray Touch, and first-come, first-served tickets to the animal presentation ($39.95 value). See the current corporate member details.

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Bank of America Museums on Us program

All visitors with an active Bank of America®, Merrill ® (formerly Merrill Lynch®) or Bank of America Private Bank® (formerly U.S. Trust®) branded debit or credit card - physical or electronic/digital card - and an active, valid photo ID shall receive one free general admission to Shedd during the program dates listed below.

2020 Bank of America's Museums on Us Sundays:

  • Sunday, September 6
  • Sunday, October 4
  • Sunday, November 8
  • Sunday, December 6

Advance reservations are required. Click the link below to reserve for September, or check back soon for future dates. Admission benefits are not transferable and are valid for the cardholder only. Click here to purchase tickets for additional guests. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience (subject to availability).


Chase: Arts & Culture

Chase Private Client Arts and Culture cardholders receive free admission to Shedd Aquarium in 2020. You must open your mobile wallet on your phone and show your digital card to verify your complimentary ticket. Neither your Chase Private Client debit card nor any other Chase card can be used to access this benefit.

All guests will enter through the Accessible Entrance at the entry time on your tickets. Look for the Man with Fish sculpture. Please keep to the left as you enter. A team member will validate your Chase Arts & Culture card, or pre-paid tickets at the Accessible sales desk before you enter.

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